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Also known as Reprints or Replica or Pirate programmes.


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Don't be a Thief !!!!!!!! Original 66 World Cup Football Programme

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We will try to show you here the differences,
and what to watch out for in the replica Issues.
So many people are getting ripped off that we have
decided to try and feature some of the well known fake and reprint copies of football programmes.


Reprints are a great cheap way of obtaining rare
and expensive football programmes, but the trouble
starts when people don't know that the reprinted
issue is a copy.

Some printers actually include the words reprinted in 19??
somewhere in the programme, Some reprinted programmes do NOT have this printed any where at all!

First we will start with -

( 1966 World Cup Final - England v West Germany )

This is the most common football programme that is
sold as an original match day programme.
(see Football Zone shop for the original)

This World cup final was held in July 1966 and as there was a massive demand for the football programmes, so they all sold out.

How To Tell Difference - An Original And A Reprint

This programme has seen ( four ) different issues printed
over the years. One is the Original from the 1966 WC final
and there are also three reprinted programmes.
The first reprint was just after the 1966 final,
the second reprint was in 1970 and the third issue was in printed in 1999.

(1) - The Original 1966 Programme

The original 1966 World Cup Final England v West Germany
football programme has a very distinct Chelsea Blue colour
to the front cover background, which is a (darkish shade of blue)
if you did not know.
On the rear cover of the original programme there is
a picture of a Cadet cigarette packet, and the colour of the
stripes should be a distinctive scarlet red colour, not "orange".

Inside the programme on page Two
the Players No.6 cigarette packet picture
should have a distinct two tone black and white stripe.

The front cover lettering of "England V West Germany"
should be a slightly blueish colour and not "BLACK".
On Page Four the Earls tie should have a distinct pattern,
the reprints do not have this.
The weight of the programme is a real clue as well,

The original 66 Football programme weighs about 130 grams,
and the reprints are only about 95 grams,
thus the original is heavier than the reprints.
Also the size of the staples are exactly half of an inch long.
The paper was printed in two seperate stages, they were printed separately just before the final when they found out the team line ups, the reprints use the same paper throughout.
view here a ( Genuine 1966 World Cup Football Programme )

(2) - The 1966 1st Reprint Issue

This programme is very similar to the original but was reprinted
right after the world cup in 66, the main difference on this one is the writing on the front cover
( England V West Germany ) is black
compared to the original which has a blue tinge to it
and the cover is more of a lilac shade.
Beware this is very similar to the original
The weight of the programme is 96 grammes.

The No6 cigarette packet DOES have the stripe though.

(3) - The 1970 2nd Reprint Issue

The Second reprint of the 1966 world cup football programme
was in 1970 & there are differences in the colours from the
original Football programme. The reprint front cover background,
has more of a lilac colour background to it, on the rear of the
reprint, the cadet cigarette box stripe is more of a tangarine shade.
Also on page two of the copy the logo boxes on the cig adverts
should be two different shades of light and dark grey but on the
reprint they are almost one single shade.

(4) - The 1999 3rd Reprint Issue

The 3rd reproduction of the 1966 final programme was a
much better copy and so is harder to distinguish between
the original issue.
On the 1999 reprint the Union Jack flag
has a more darker blue tint to it, a more of a navy colour
than a Chelsea Blue. A big indication of this issue being
a reprint is that on the rear cover bottom right hand
corner, it has text printed in black print on the white margin
"REPRINTED 1999" This may also have been removed on
suspect copies so look for the signs of it's removal.

Other Factors To Consider
Other factors to take in to consideration to find out if you
actually own a fake 1966 world cup programme is to
use your common sense. This football programme will now start
to be showing signs of it's age. The paper will not be in mint
shiny condition, it may be slightly faded with age
with handling the page edges will not be razor sharp either.

Also the thickness and weight of the cover pages should be thicker,
ie the outer covers are thicker than the inner pages.
Similar as the earlier tournament brochure covers. also the total weight of the original programme should be 130 grammes, the reprint is usually 145 grammes or more.

If you are not 100% sure, our advice is don't buy it.

Compare the two Football Programmes below.

Original Issue        Reprint Issue

Original 66 World Cup Football Programme Replica Football Programme

 Original - Player Cigs Picture     Reprint Issue - Players Cig Pic

1966 Original World Cup Programme Fake Issue 66 World Cup

Original Issue Cigarettes Page     Repro Issue Cigarettes Page

1966 World Cup Original Issue Reprint World Cup 66 Issue

Please send in any other information about other fake Football programmes not just the 1966 programme,
and we will publish other reprints on Football Zone uk.